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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Reading. UK

    Default Xara/MAGIX vs AFFINITY

    I'm not posting here to compare Xara Designer Pro against Affinity Designer, when it comes to drawing.
    I think there are many who are much more qualified, than I am.
    And to be honest, I've not used AD that much. Why? Well, I find Xara easy to use.
    No doubt, if I spend the same number of years on AD, I may also get proficient on AD.

    What I do want to say is that Xara/MAGIX seem hell bent on pissing me off, whilst Affinity continue to provide good service.

    This is the message I have to get past EVERY time I start XDP17.

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    And Xara/MAGIX Support has said: "The notification about your update service expired is unfortunately something that is not possible to get rid of, there is no way how to stop it from popping up."

    Whilst Affinity continue to provide updates, even though I bought AD many, many years ago.

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    And this was the second update from Affinity in about 5 months.
    For a product that's a fraction of the price of XDP.

    I just don't understand what Xara/MAGIX hope to gain by this permanent message?!
    If it's more business, then it's unlikely to be from me.

    Featured Artist on Xara Xone . May 2011
    . A Shield . My First Tutorial
    . Bottle Cap . My Second Tutorial on Xara Xone

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Placitas, New Mexico, USA

    Default Re: Xara/MAGIX vs AFFINITY

    Good points Rik.
    Gary W. Priester
    Mr. Moderator Emeritus Dude
    , Sir

    gwpriester.com | Custom-Stereograms.com | eyeTricks on Facebook

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Default Re: Xara/MAGIX vs AFFINITY

    I paid 52,000 JP [from memory about 56 GBP at the time] for Paint Tool SAI in 2011 - since then the program has progressed from 32 to 64 bit and has had many new features and capabilities added; technically it is beta, but I do not find many bugs and I have never been asked to pay a single penny more

    usually updates 2/3 times a year

    now people like this get respect

    [just making the point - PT-SAI is a 'manga style' app, not vector]
    carpe diem
    carpo vitae

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2002

    Default Re: Xara/MAGIX vs AFFINITY

    Serif is competing for the Adobe market. Xara is not focusing on that, they are alone wolf.
    Owner/Creative Director @ Designfacet
    Xara Designer Pro X DL x64 Oct 29 2020

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Melfort, Saskatchewan Canada

    Default Re: Xara/MAGIX vs AFFINITY

    I have Affinity Designer. I like it. But Xara is the “all in one” tool. Certainly Affinity has some great newsletter capabilities, and offers some very handy presets especially for Facebook and Instagram. Affinity is a great mock up tool. Works well on Mac too.
    Xara’s power lies in adjusting on the fly. For web very handy for photo enhancement again on the fly. It all depends upon your workflow and tools.
    If one has another web product, Adobe, coffee cup etc, Affinity is a tool to add to the toolbox.
    Affinity at the moment is not interested in producing a web program. Certainly Affinity Photo is an excellent replace for Photoshop.
    Bill Wood
    Expresiv Designs.
    Charity Web Design
    XARA Pro+. WD17, Designer 17. Premium packages.




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